Are Fathers shortchanged on Father’s Day?

fahter's day 2014

Every year I struggle with Father’s Day. What do you get for the man who wants nothing? Generally speaking mothers will tell their spouse and children what they want for Mother’s Day. In some cases a mother will provide them with a list, but far too often fathers are mum when asked the simple question, “what do you want for Father’s Day?” Over the years we have had hits and misses. One year we struck gold with a hammock. He loved it and over the course of the summer he enjoyed his leisure time on it, but one year the kids struck out when they gave him a Three Stooges anthology which has never been opened. We have given him polo shirts in nearly every color known to man. Movie passes, restaurant cards and far too many ties. Why have we given him all of these things? Because he refuses to answer the simple question, “What do you want?” This morning on the Today Show they showed a statistic revealing that people spend close to 20 Billion dollars on Mother’s Day compared to only 12 Billion dollars on Father’s Day. So I encourage dads to speak up and say what you want. I always say I am going to tell you what I want. I might not get it, but you will never be able to say you didn’t know what I wanted. If you don’t ask don’t be disappointed if you get Volume II of the Three Stooges anthology. Stop being stoic, stop being the martyr, and just ask for what you want. You deserve it. So the question is what do you think is a good present for dad on his special day?

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  • kevin matthews  On June 7, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Well EM, as a father with a quarter century of experience, I can tell you I’m rarely being stoic or a martyr, I sometimes just don’t know what I want. Or, I know what I want, but I hesitate to ask because I know it ain’t gonna happen. I know how much we spend on the bills, I know that in June and July the electric bill is going to be TWICE what it was in March and April, I know that the car insurance renews in August, and deep down inside I recognize that we’re going to need more cash in the summer than we did in the spring. Safe bets for THIS father? Ammo for my rifle, so I can go to the gun range and go shooting. Movie passes, so I can go see that “purely idiotic” movie that came out with the guy that you can’t stand because he’s so very gross/sophomoric/crude/unfunny. Gift cards to Lowes and Home Depot are great. Do NOT get me another gift card to Best Buy, because I STILL have the one you gave me for Christmas. There’s NOTHING there I want that costs $50, and I won’t splurge another $150 to get something I want, because I got enough electronic gear. Just for fun, get me that Costco gift card so I can experiment with putting a VERY expensive cut of meat on the smoker or grill. Y’know, that standing rib roast I look at all the time that I won’t buy because it’s so expensive? Give me some cash to buy a nice looking roast, get me some craft beer, let me go out to my back yard and put that bad boy on the smoker or my Weber charcoal grill, and leave me and the smooth jazz station alone for a few hours. THAT is a gift! Hopefully that will give plenty of ideas to everyone. Now I just gotta tell the rest of my family so I won’t get volume III of the Three Stooges. I don’t even LIKE the Three Stooges enough to watch ’em when it’s free on TV.

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